Printer Friendly

PAPER-AFFILIATED WEB SITES SEE GAINS.

While the war in Iraq probably did help print newspaper circulation, it really boosted the page-view and unique-visitor count of newspaper web sites. Among those companies that reveal their numbers, here are some highlights:

*Journal Register Co.: The Trenton, N.J.-based publisher of 23 daily newspapers and 147 individual web sites said that in March it had 9 million page views at its sites, an increase of 23 percent.

*Media General Inc.: The company's flagship web site -- timesdispatch.com, the companion to its Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia -- showed a 53.6 percent growth from to 6.7 million page views for March 2003. Its tbo.com -- the on-line arm of its Florida newspaper, the Tampa Tribune -- showed a 34.7 percent jump in page views to 15.2 million, when compared to March 2002. MEG's North Carolina web site -- journalnow.com, which supports the Winston-Salem Journal -- saw 2.7 million page views in March 2003, an increase of 27.3 percent over the year before.

*New York Times Co.: The company's lead web site, nytimes.com, hit a record 30.7 million page views on Monday, March 24 with more than 2.3 million unique visitors from around the world. It was the first Monday after the United States bombed Iraq and the previous record was 29.2 million page views, which happened two days following Sept. 11, 2001. The company said that total page views for the month exceeded 615 million and that the site had an average of 1.7 million unique visitors per day in March. The site's unique visitors count has increased by 200,000 visitors each month since January and its page views have increased 42.4 percent since January.

*Pulitzer Inc.: At the company's St. Louis web sites, page views were up for March 36.4 percent to 21.2 million when compared to the same month last year, while its page views for the quarter were up 35.5 percent, to 60.3 million. PTZ's combined Tucson web sites saw a 13.6 percent growth to 6.9 million page views, when comparing March 2003 to March 2002 and for the first quarter of the year, page views were up 22.8 percent, to 19.6 million. The company said that its Pulitzer Newspaper division has changed the way it records page view data, making 2003 data not comparable to 2002; in March 2003 the group's combined page views were 7.5 million and for the first quarter of 2003, the page views were 21.6 million.

*USAToday.com: The web site of the unit of Gannett Co. Inc. saw a year-over-year 24 percent increase in page views for March, to 203.6 million, while it showed a 26 percent increase in page views when compared to February. Total site visits were up 31 percent, year-over-year, to 49.8 million, which represented a 29 percent increase over February.

*Washington Post Co.: The washingtonpost.com web site saw record traffic for the first quarter of 2003, with an increase of 41 percent in page views. March 2003 became the site's second-highest traffic month in its history, following September 2001. The company said that the site attracted 7.1 million unique visitors in March.

After the dot-com brouhaha -- and the resulting bursting of the Internet bubble -- it's interesting to see that newspaper web sites are quickly becoming an integral part of everyday life. According to Nielsen//NetRatings, among the top 15 general and financial news web sites in March 2003, newspaper-affiliates held the No. Four (nytimes.com), the No. Six (washingtonpost.com), the No. 11 (Gannett Newspapers), the No. 12 (usatoday.com) and the No. 14 (Hearst Newspapers) positions.
COPYRIGHT 2003 The Cole Group
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 
Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:newspaper web sites have more visitors
Comment:PAPER-AFFILIATED WEB SITES SEE GAINS.(newspaper web sites have more visitors)
Publication:NewsInc
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 28, 2003
Words:615
Previous Article:KRI VOTES DOWN OPTIONS EXPENSE.
Next Article:NEW NAME IN NORTH CAROLINA.
Topics:


Related Articles
COUPONS EXTEND VALUE TO ON-LINE READERS PDFs make the transition to user-based printing easy for a paper in Kentucky.
MEDIANEWS, KRI GET REAL.
MEDIANEWS, KRI GET REAL.
PAPER-AFFILIATED WEB SITES SEE GAINS.
Stephens Webs up.
NEWSPAPER WEB SITE DEALS STRUCK.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters